Nine One One Group Limited a leading integrated security solutions provider with presence ¡n all major cities in Kenya and other selected cities in the East African region seeks to fill the following vacancies;
 
1. Head of Finance -1 Position
 
2. Head of Marketing & Business Development - 1 Position
 
3. Head of Operations - 1 Position
 
Interested candidates should send their applications and CV addressed to the Human Resource Department by email through hr@911group.co.ke to reach us on or before 28 November 2014

Job Title: Trade Manager
 
Department: Programs
 
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party
 
Location: Nairobi
 
Job Summary: Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities is seeking local candidates for the five-year Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015

The Trade Manager will supervise a team of mobile Trade Specialists and will oversee efforts to improve access to market information systems, as well as the quality of available systems, and will also manage activities to facilitate market linkages and build capacity of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. 

The Trade Manager will provide assistance and expertise in the areas of trade facilitation, logistics, trade policy, and implementation of international and regional trade agreements, competition policy, and other general trade issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Trade Manager will manage the operational and technical management of all trade related activities throughout the Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program in all three countries
  • Lead the design and implementation of all bank capacity building programs to include training Trade Specialists
  • Supervise up to 6 Trade Specialists and Trade Officers across three countries
  • Participate in value chain mapping and facilitate market information analysis
  • Contribute to the identification and development of trainings for agribusiness small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation and reporting of project activities
  • Help ensure quality performance of technical efforts and field activities by coordinating programmatic reporting, quality of data management and information
  • Conduct regular visits to worksites to monitor the development and implementation
  • Support the documentation of program learning throughout the life of the program
  • Manage program databases and run regular reports to monitor progress including Program Tracker.
  • Adhere to and incorporate into day-to-day operations in the Global Communities Kenya office Standards of Professionalism
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all privileged information regarding both human resources and fiscal matters
  • Assist with any other duties as required by Supervisor
The duties listed above are not inclusive of all the duties of the position at Global Communities International.

Global Communities reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.

Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree (preferred) in international trade, international business or other related disciplines. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a field related to international trade in Africa preferred.
Skills and Experience
  • At least 5 years of technical experience working with international trade, preferably in the fields of agricultural trade and investment, at least 5 years of which have been in developing countries (East Africa preferred)
  • Demonstrated success in creating and implementing innovative solutions, and achieving measureable results in the areas of policy reform, advocacy, and policy analysis, training and capacity building of government.
  • Demonstrated experience using market facilitation principles
  • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt Global Communities policies and procedures to the local context
  • A person of known integrity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office; travel outside of Nairobi as required to perform duties; E. Africa travel will also be required
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time
 The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

How to Apply
Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to vacancies@chfkenya.org with the Title of the Position being applied for addressed to:

The Country Director,
P. O. Box 1661 00606 Sarit Centre, 
Nairobi, Kenya

Apply by Monday, 15 December 2014.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

CHF is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Title: Credit Specialist
 
Department: Programs
 
Reports To: Program Manager
 
Location: Nairobi

Job Summary: Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities is seeking local candidates for the five-year Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

The Credit Specialists will support partner banks in using the LGF to increase lending to agribusiness SMEs and associated actors – including through training bank staff, providing one-on-one assistance to loan officers, and monitoring loan performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support Credit Manager in meeting program deliverables on time.
  • Help ensure quality performance of technical efforts and field activities by coordinating programmatic reporting and quality of data management
  • Conduct regular visits to worksites to monitor the development and implementation of bank staff trainings
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to loan officers, and monitoring loan performance.
  • Manage program databases and run regular reports to monitor progress including Program Tracker.
  • Adhere to and incorporate into day-to-day operations of the Global Communities Kenya office Standards of Professionalism
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all privileged information regarding both human resources and fiscal matters
  • Assist with any other duties as required by Supervisor
The duties listed above are not inclusive of all the duties of the position at Global Communities. Global Communities reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.

Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree (preferred) in finance or other relevant field.
Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in microfinance or bank lending, including proven success in financial product development in East Africa preferred.
  • Experience with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness development
  • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt Global Communities policies and procedures to the local context
  • A person of known integrity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office. Frequent travel to other country offices (Malawi, Tanzania).
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time
The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to vacancies@chfkenya.org with the Title of the Position being applied for addressed to:

The Country Director,
P. O. Box 1661 00606 Sarit Centre, 
Nairobi, Kenya

Apply by Monday, 15 December 2014.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

CHF is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Title: Credit Specialist
 
Department: Programs
 
Reports To: Program Manager
 
Location: Nairobi

Job Summary: Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities is seeking local candidates for the five-year Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

The Credit Specialists will support partner banks in using the LGF to increase lending to agribusiness SMEs and associated actors – including through training bank staff, providing one-on-one assistance to loan officers, and monitoring loan performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support Credit Manager in meeting program deliverables on time.
  • Help ensure quality performance of technical efforts and field activities by coordinating programmatic reporting and quality of data management
  • Conduct regular visits to worksites to monitor the development and implementation of bank staff trainings
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to loan officers, and monitoring loan performance.
  • Manage program databases and run regular reports to monitor progress including Program Tracker.
  • Adhere to and incorporate into day-to-day operations of the Global Communities Kenya office Standards of Professionalism
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all privileged information regarding both human resources and fiscal matters
  • Assist with any other duties as required by Supervisor
The duties listed above are not inclusive of all the duties of the position at Global Communities. Global Communities reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.

Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree (preferred) in finance or other relevant field.
Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in microfinance or bank lending, including proven success in financial product development in East Africa preferred.
  • Experience with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness development
  • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt Global Communities policies and procedures to the local context
  • A person of known integrity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office. Frequent travel to other country offices (Malawi, Tanzania).
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time
The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to vacancies@chfkenya.org with the Title of the Position being applied for addressed to:

The Country Director,
P. O. Box 1661 00606 Sarit Centre, 
Nairobi, Kenya

Apply by Monday, 15 December 2014.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

CHF is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Title: Credit Manager
 
Department: Programs
 
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party
 
Location: Nairobi
 
Job Summary: Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities is seeking local candidates for the five-year Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015

The Credit Manager will supervise a team of mobile Credit Specialists and will be responsible for overseeing the portfolio of loans made by partner banks to ensure they comply with program/donor requirements. 

He/she will develop bank capacity training programs to ensure that banks comply with donor requirements. 

The Credit Manager will supervise Credit Specialists in Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi as they support banks in using the program to increase lending to agribusiness SMEs – including training bank staff, providing one-on-one assistance to loan officers, and monitoring loan performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Credit Manager will manage the operational and technical management of all credit related activities throughout the Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program in all three countries
  • Lead the design and implementation of all bank capacity building programs to include training bank officers, screening and underwriting loan applications and monitoring the portfolio.
  • Monitor partner bank compliance with all aspects of the loan guarantee process.
  • Supervise up to 7 Credit Officers and Credit Specialists.
  • Assist with any other duties as required by Supervisor
The duties listed above are not inclusive of all the duties of the position at Global Communities. Global Communities reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.
 
Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree (preferred) in finance or other relevant field
Skills and Experience
  • 5 years’ experience in commercial or investment banking in East Africa (preferred)
  • Expert technical skills in business and financial analysis, especially for small and medium enterprises and agribusiness, as well as excellent management and training skills.
  • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt CHF policies and procedures to the local context
  • A person of known integrity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office; Frequent travel to other country offices (Malawi, Tanzania)
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time
The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to vacancies@chfkenya.org with the Title of the Position being applied for addressed to:

The Country Director,
P. O. Box 1661 00606 Sarit Centre, 
Nairobi, Kenya

Apply by Monday, 15 December 2014.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

CHF is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Title: Finance Manager
 
Department: Programs
 
Reports To: Chief of Party
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Summary: Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities is seeking local candidates for the five-year Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015
 
The Finance Manager will provide leadership and oversight to program finance and administration systems and submit timely reports to headquarters.

The Finance Manager will also ensure that all donor and Global Communities’ finance policies and procedures are met. 

The Finance Manager will be supervised by the COP and will manage Finance Officers/Accountants in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide financial management, leadership, and oversight for all aspects of the Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program
  • Develop and maintain sound financial management systems in line with donor rules and regulations and Global Communities' policies and procedures
  • Provide financial control, prepare and analyze budgets, develop financial reports, and make recommendations to HQ on budget expenditures; Provide technical assistance to improve the systems of internal control and financial management of partners
  • Establish/Maintain financial controls and procedures for the management of funds and sub contracts
  • Produce budget projections and reports for submission to the donor through the HQ
  • Maintain financial files and support annual audits
  • Provide oversight of project administration, IT, and HR management support
  • Assist in program development and proposal preparation as needed.
The duties listed above are not inclusive of all the duties of the position at Global Communities. Global Communities reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.
 
Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, accounting or related field required
Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant experience in financial management and accounting (experience in management of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and in agribusiness preferred)
  • Experience as country finance manager of donor-funded technical assistance projects of similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries (preferably in East Africa)
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience and strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to hold staff accountable for doing their jobs
  • Strong knowledge of computerized accounting, demonstrated organizational skills, and strong track record in meeting deliverables
  • Certified Public Accountant in Kenya is a plus
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt Global Communities policies and procedures to the local context
  • A person of known integrity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
Language Skills
  • Excellent command of English language including written and spoken English
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office; National travel outside of Nairobi, as required, to perform duties; some E. Africa regional travel will also be required.
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time
The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to vacancies@chfkenya.org with the Title of the Position being applied for addressed to:

The Country Director,
P. O. Box 1661 00606 Sarit Centre, 
Nairobi, Kenya

Apply by Monday, 15 December 2014.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

CHF is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party
 
Department: Programs
 
Reports To: Chief of Party
 
Location: Nairobi
Job Summary: Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

Global Communities is seeking local candidates for the five-year Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program to bolster trade by increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in agribusiness in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will serve as Senior Operations Manager for the entire program, as well as Program Manager for Kenya. The DCOP will also oversee the counterpart Program Managers in Tanzania and Malawi. 

He/she will report to the COP and assist in all management affairs regarding establishing, implementing, and monitoring donor-compliance procedures for sub-awards. 

The DCOP will oversee contractual relationships between Global Communities and the program partners, ensuring that all project tendering, contracting, and recruitment procedures are in compliance with Global Communities and donor requirements. 

The DCOP will also provide technical backstopping for the site/project identification and appraisal process and supervise project development, monitoring and evaluation team. 

Overall, he/she will oversee financial and administrative aspects of AIMS across the three targeted countries and represent the program to government officials.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist the Chief of Party in providing the overall management and strategic vision for the Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program
  • Develop and update work plans and ensure that the program specific deliverables are met
  • Manage day-to-day program operations, supervise programmatic/field teams, and ensure that all program activities are consistent with the scope of the agreement/contract and in full compliance with Global Communities’ rules and regulations
  • Develop and implement management systems and resource allocations that ensure effective and efficient service delivery, as well as contribute to the identification and development of program interventions
  • She/he will also oversee program activities implemented by Global Communities and partners and/or sub-award recipients to ensure timely, quality reporting
  • Provide technical guidance in the implementation of all financial and administrative activities across three countries
  • Ensure quality control and effectiveness of activities
  • Coordinate activities with partner organizations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs),
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation and reporting of project activities
  • Assist with any other duties as required by Supervisor
The duties listed above are not inclusive of all the duties of the position at Global Communities. Global Communities reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.
 
Education and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Degree (preferred) in international development, agriculture, business development, or another related/appropriate field.
Skills and Experience
  • Experience as DCOP or similar positions with extensive management skills demonstrated in at least two development projects of a comparable scope.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ relevant experience in management role on large, multi-year, donor-funded agribusiness development projects; DCOP or equivalent experience preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years technical experience in one or more of the following areas: financial management, food security, agribusiness development, small and medium enterprise development
  • Prior experience in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, or Eastern Africa preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of donor-funded programmatic, compliance, and reporting requirements
  • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt CHF policies and procedures to the local context
  • A person of known integrity
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
  • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
Language Skills
  • Fluency in English required (written and spoken). Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with governmental officials and leaders at national and local levels, local NGOs, SMEs, community organizations, and donor community.
  • Effective use of written and spoken Kiswahili
Working Conditions
  • Based in the Nairobi office; Frequent travel to other country offices (Malawi, Tanzania)
  • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time
The anticipated start date for the positions would be in January 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants are to submit their application letters with detailed CV to vacancies@chfkenya.org with the Title of the Position being applied for addressed to:

The Country Director,
P. O. Box 1661 00606 Sarit Centre, 
Nairobi, Kenya

Apply by Monday, 15 December 2014.

Only short listed firms/candidates will be contacted. 

CHF is an equal opportunity employer.

Vacancy: Head of Monitoring and Evaluation 

Reporting:
 The Head of Monitoring and Evaluation reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer - CEO. 

Position Location: AGF offices in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travels

The African Guarantee Fund (AGF): The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium- sized Enterprises (AGF) is incorporated and licensed in Mauritius as a limited liability company and has its office of operation in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Its products and services provide financial institutions with the means which they can leverage in bringing their African SME financing interventions to the required scale.
 
The AGF contributes to the promotion of economic development, vital for prosperity, stability and poverty reduction in Africa  through two lines of activity:
a) Provision of a mix of financial guarantees and other products which reduce the risks supported by the financial sector when lending to SMEs that have insufficient collateral. These guarantees contribute to reduce the inability of SMEs to provide acceptable guarantees to financial institutions. Loan Guarantee based on a hybrid approach, Bank’s Fund Raising Guarantee and Equity Guarantees are offered.
 

b) Support for capacity development of the client financial institutions. 

The AGF operates according to market principles and is a commercially viable venture with operations in a number of countries in Africa and its gradually expanding to other countries to cover the whole of Africa. 

The African Development Bank (AfDB) together with the governments of Denmark (through Danida) and Spain (through aecid), are the founding shareholders of AGF. 

Position Summary: The Head of M&E will be responsible for designing, implementing, and managing a monitoring and evaluations system which will help to analyze the social and development impacts of AGF’s activities.
 
Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the CEO, the Head  of M&E  will have the responsibility to:
  • Coordinate the planning and monitoring of AGF’s progress and results;
  • Measure input and outputs;
  • In coordination with relevant AGF operating units on  matters of  data collection,  provide rapid information on all AGF activities while ensuring transparency and integrity;
  • Coordinate the creation of a Guarantee and Capacity Development Performance Monitoring Plan including assessing the validity of the information and indicators that contribute to that plan;
  • Select data collection methods for adequate monitoring and evaluation of performance and of the program as a whole; and
  • Develop substantive input for the annual reporting requirements and coordinate data collection on results in the SME sector with partner institutions.
These methods may include:
  • Field visits, quarterly reports, specialized surveys and other sources of information like government and multilateral agencies and other organization statistics;
  • Reviewing these methods and making improvements to them monitoring and evaluation procedures and systems;
  • Coordinate the process in collaboration with other AGF’s operating units for updating policy and procedure documents in the areas of monitoring and evaluation to align with the most current AGF Polices and requirements.
  • Assist in building local M&E capacities in the spirit of inclusive development and in concert with the development goals and prudential operation of a financial institution.
  • The Head of M&E will assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of activities (guarantees, capacity building).  This may involve:
  • Reviewing work plans, quarterly reports, participating in site visits, initiating regular portfolio reviews and contributing to guarantee and capacity building design and evaluations.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Manage and lead the Monitoring and Evaluation department.
In addition to the above duties, the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation may be required to perform other related or unrelated duties based on the company’s needs.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required

The Head of M&E shall have:
  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Business Finance, Social Sciences, or related field is required,
  • At least 10 years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, with a proven track record of monitoring and evaluating activities focusing on economic development, banking, capacity building and technical assistance activities related to small and medium enterprises;
  • She/he shall possess technical familiarity with evaluation methods and standards under the AGF Evaluation Policy;
  • She/he will be responsible for further developing, implementing, and regularly updating the AGF’s Monitoring and Evaluation Policies and Procedures;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Desirable knowledge of guarantee system
  • Strong knowledge of strategies, approaches and tools in capacity development;
  • Have a good understanding of financial institutions’ approaches to SME lending, risk mitigation strategies, loan appraisal criteria etc.;
  • Demonstrated ability to compile and report results of management activities
Additional eligibility competences and desired Characteristics
  • Self-driven individual with a passion and flair for helping SMEs succeed;
  • Excellent project management and consulting skills;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting;
  • Willingness to travel and work under minimum supervision
  • Bilingual – fluent in English and French.
  • Team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Must have strong analytical and coaching skills;
Eligibility: The position is open to bilingual candidates of any country

Terms of Offer 

The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF) is an equal opportunity employer and offers a regionally competitive salary with an excellent benefits package. 

The employment contract is for an initial period of three (3) years with the possibility of renewal. 

AGF prides itself on its collegial, supportive and gender sensitive working environment and believes that staff diversity promotes excellence. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications

Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to: 

recruitment@africanguaranteefund.com

“Application for Head of Monitoring and Evaluation - AGF” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. 

Applications will be considered until 5th December 2014 or until the position is filled. 

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

We invite you to learn more about us at: www.africanguaranteefund.com
Vacancy: Senior Business Development Officer

Reporting:
 The Senior Business Development Officer reports to the Head of Business Development. 
 
Position Location: AGF offices in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travels

The African Guarantee Fund (AGF): The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF) is incorporated and licensed in Mauritius as a limited liability company and has its office of operation in Nairobi, Kenya.  

Its products and services provide financial institutions with the means which they can leverage in bringing their African SME financing interventions to the required scale.

The AGF contributes to the promotion of economic development, vital for prosperity, stability and poverty reduction in Africa  through two lines of activity:
a) Provision of a mix of financial guarantees and other products which reduce the risks supported by the financial sector when lending to SMEs that have insufficient collateral. These guarantees contribute to reduce the inability of SMEs to provide acceptable guarantees to financial institutions. Loan Guarantee based on a hybrid approach, Bank’s Fund Raising Guarantee and Equity Guarantees are offered.
 

b) Support for capacity development of the client financial institutions. 

The AGF operates according to market principles and is a commercially viable venture with operations in a number of countries in Africa and its gradually expanding to other countries to cover the whole of Africa. 

The African Development Bank (AfDB) together with the governments of Denmark (through Danida) and Spain (through aecid), are the founding shareholders of AGF. 

Position Summary: Under the supervision and guidance of the HOBD,the Senior Business Development Officer supports the HOBD in the Implementation of AGF’s business development strategies and plans to meet the department’s targets.

Major Responsibilities
Business Development
  • Identify and develop new business proposals to meet the department’s revenue targets;
  • Use multiple prospecting methods to generate leads, set up sales meetings and pitch appropriate solution-offerings to prospects;
  • Assist the HOBD to manage the Guarantee process cycle right from Lead Generation, Credit appraisal which include credit / risk rating of the PLI and the end borrower on the basis of business & financial analysis, due diligence and site visits, etc;
  • Prepare guarantee requests for the HOBD for presentation for approval by appropriate approval bodies;
  • Assist the HOBD in developing and managing relationships with AGF partner lending institutions to meet their guarantee requirements;
  • Assist the HOBD to carry out market and competitor analysis as part of gathering market intelligence to inform business decisions;
  • Monitor the guarantee portfolio under his/her responsibility
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Manage assigned projects effectively;
  • Manage assigned work teams including coaching and mentoring staff within the department;
  • Supervises Business development officers assigned to you.
In addition to the above duties, the Senior Business Development Officer may be required to perform other related or unrelated duties based on the company’s needs.

Desired Qualifications, knowledge, skills & Experiences
  • Masters’ degree in finance, or business administration or related field;
  • 7 years’ experience in a professional or technical role in the Financial services or Banking sector;
  • Experience in bank financing (specifically SME), including 3 years in a management role in the financial services sector;
  • Sound understanding of SME lending and the SME context in Africa;
  • Demonstrated track record in the banking industry in portfolio management with focus in consultative and solution oriented sales and marketing approaches;
  • Strong marketing skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of guarantee products;
  • Good knowledge of CAMELS;
  • Demonstrated experience as client-facing staff.
  • Ability to compile and report results of activities
Additional eligibility competences and desired characteristics
  • Self-driven individual with a passion and flair for helping SMEs succeed;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and management skills;
  • Excellent marketing and IT skills;
  • Excellent negotiation and problem solving skills;
  • Detail oriented and systematic with a high level of accuracy;
  • Ability to work in a professionally and culturally diverse setting;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Bilingual – fluent in English and French.
Eligibility: The position is open to bilingual candidates of any country.

Terms of Offer

The African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF) is an equal opportunity employer and offers a regionally competitive salary with an excellent benefits package. 

The employment contract is for an initial period of three (3) years with the possibility of renewal. AGF prides itself on its collegial, supportive and gender sensitive working environment and believes that staff diversity promotes excellence. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications

Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to: 

recruitment@africanguaranteefund.com

“Application for Senior Business Development Officer - AGF” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. 

Applications will be considered until 5th December 2014 or until the position is filled. 

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
 
We invite you to learn more about us at: www.africanguaranteefund.com

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